ERIC Number: ED469960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Historic Schools: Renovation vs. Replacement & the Role of a Feasibility Study.
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.
Weighing the pros and cons of renovating a historic neighborhood school or building a new one takes preservation "know-how," experience, and creativity. The potential for renovation is routinely dismissed without full consideration of the facts and long-term implications. Central to this decision-making process is the feasibility study, often conducted by an architectural consultant hired by a school district. A feasibility study of the issues involved in renovation is the only tested way to evaluate the fit of an old building tocontemporary educational uses. In its most basic form, a feasibility study helpsestablish if renovation of a historic school is possible, practical, and whether it canmeet the proposed educational needs. Not simply a cost-benefit analysis, a feasibility study evaluates technology needs and barriers, scheduling to complete aschool construction project from start to finish, options and alternatives, andpotential implications of decisions to the surrounding neighborhood and community.The included feasibility study checklist can help identify the factors involved in making the best decision and assuring that a feasibility study for an historic neighborhood school is fair, objective, and reasonable. It will also assist in identifying "warning signs," questions to ask, and knowing what to look for when challenging the results and projected cost estimates of a feasibility study. (EV)
Descriptors: Construction Costs, Construction Needs, Consultants, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Feasibility Studies, Schools
For full text: http://www.nationaltrust.org/issues/schools/school_feasibility_study.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.